Village Festivals

10 nights, 5 days mountain walking & festival participation

  • Fine walking to a wonderful mountain backdrop
  • Comfortable village guesthouses
  • 1 night quality camping, spectacular views

Music Festival, Binsar & Saryu, April

  • The revival of Kalash Yatra in Binsar
  • A day of folk musicians from Saryu valley

Cricket Tournament, Saryu, June

  • Join in the annual inter-village cricket tournament
  • Post match picnics by the cool of the river

Both holidays offer fine walking with festival participation. Enjoy the beautiful Binsar or Saryu villages in April or June and your stays in lovely village guesthouses and  the tented camp with your ‘balcony view' over the high Himalayan peaks.

In mid April there is much activity in the mountain villages  - it is the colourful wedding season. In this year's joyful season twin music festivals are also taking place. In Binsar on April 15th there is a revival of the wonderful Kalash Yatra procession of the copper pots and temple celebration. On April 20th musicians from along the Saryu Valley are assembling in Supi for a day of traditional music and dance. Your walks in Binsar & Saryu will be enhanced by the sound of music.

 Once the spring harvest is gathered in the villages of the Saryu Valley compete with one another in a high altitude cricket tournament. They take it seriously, but it is great fun.  We invite you to join our Village Ways team for a game or two, or simply walk from village to village to watch the cricket. This is an early June high-altitude walk in the Saryu Valley with the chance to watch or play cricket in amazing Himalayan landscapes. Before the monsoons come at the end of the month the climate is lovely, with a careful rest taken in the warmth of the middle of the day. 

Wonderful Himalayan walks, Along the Saryu Valley

join in the festivals

Visit the hospitable mountain villages of the Binsar Sanctuary or the Saryu Valley, walking from village to village across wide meadows and through forested paths, with spectacular Himalayan views. Stay in village-owned guesthouses and explore this dramatic landscape with your own guide.  Join in the Music Festival or the Village Ways cricket team for a match or two. 

Bat and ball

Mountain music, April

With the rhododendrons still out, this is a splendid time in these high valleys. The revival of the Kalash Yatra tradition is full of colour and sound. The ladies process with their pots in their finest saris, accompanied by music and dance. Across in Supi a fine assemply of musicians will play a wonderful assortment of traditional instruments ~ flute like Basuri, Santoor, Tabla drums and more.

 

SaryuVillage cricket, June

The annual Saryu Valley village cricket tournament takes place after spring harvest in early June. Village against village with a Village Ways team joining in this year. The matches are played in the cooler mornings followed by a picnic lunch by the river. You choose whether you play or watch. You will never see cricket played in a more scenic location than here! Morning is the best time for walking and for glimpsing the high Himalayan peaks towering above the meadows and forests.

Outward Journey

Day 1 Welcome at Delhi airport, transfer to guesthouse for overnight stay.

Comforable Khali EstateDay 2 Transfer to New Delhi station for early morning train to Kathgodam. Road transfer (4hrs) Kathgodam to Khali Estate; relax and dinner. Overnight stay at Khali Estate, double room garden bungalow.

In the Valleys, Music Festival


Day 3 - Day 5 After breakfast meet your guide to discuss the coming days. Head through the pine forest to spend the next three nights visiting two of the Binsar villages, staying in the guesthouses and joining in the joy of the Kalash Yatra procession.

Himalayan peaksDay 6 – Day 8 - continue your journey to Saryu Valley - by road 5hrs, lunch en route.
Walk from the road-head to your first village Khal Jhuni for your overnight in the guesthouse. The next day you head up for a night at the tented camp with its spectacular views. A wonderful walk down takes you to the lovely guesthouse at Supi for two nights and the day of music and dance.

In the Valleys, Village Cricket

Day 3 – Day 8 - After breakfast at Khali continue your journey to Saryu Valley - by road 5hrs, lunch en route.
Walk from the road-head to your first village. You spend 5 days in Saryu Valley villages, watching or joining the cricket match in the mornings and then walks in and around the villages. Spend one night at the comfortable tented camp at Jaikuni, perched on the ridge Comfortable guesthouseseparating the two valleys. Enjoy fine walking and spectacular mountain views, get to know the communities and discover local crafts and village traditions.

Homeward Journey

Day 9 After breakfast walk to the road-head and return to Khali Estate for another night's stay.

Day 10 Transfer to Kathgodam to catch the day train to Delhi. Meet at New Delhi station, transfer to Delhi guesthouse for overnight stay.

Day 11 Transfer to Delhi airport for homeward flight.

We look after you from the moment of your arrival at Delhi airport. Your holiday includes transfers and rail journeys to the hills, accommodation in the village guesthouses and tented accommodation (managed by porters) with all meals provided and your own guide and through the hills. Please feel free to tailor your holiday to your exact requirements. 

The suggested itinerary can be extended if you wish to spend more time exploring the Himalayan foothills, or shortened if your time in India is limited. Our knowledgeable staff will be delighted to help fashion the holiday to suit you. 

Flights

We ask our guests to make their own arrangements for international travel to India. For Village Ways holidays in the foothills, the nearest airport is Delhi. Travel information for India can be found here.

Stay in Delhi

Delhi is a fascinating and vibrant city. It epitomises the huge leaps forward that India is currently undergoing whilst reflecting the country's great history. A new metro is being built but much is still moved around on overladen cycles and bullock carts. The shopping opportunities are excellent, particularly for textiles. Why not add a night's stay in the city to your holiday?

Guest-house accommodation

We work with some very comfortable and hospitable guest-houses in the heart of Delhi. We can arrange overnight stays for you, or a day-room to freshen up after a night flight. We can also arrange an upgrade from guest-house to hotel if you prefer.

Driver & car for the day

One of the best ways to get around and across Delhi is by car. We offer carefully selected drivers to look after you for the day. On call for you, they will be able to take from shops to India Gate to the Red Fort and out to dinner - or wherever you choose.

From Delhi to the hills

By car

Your journey includes a day train into the foothills. A more expensive option is to travel up from Delhi (or return at the end of you holiday) by private car. Guests have enjoyed the opportunity to get to know a little of the plains north of Delhi where the road crosses the Ganga before heading into the hills Carefully chosen, courteous drivers will look after you in your 10 hr journey.

By air

There is also an internal flight available from Delhi to Pantnagar in Uttarakhand; please contact our team for more information if you are interested in this option.

Extra nights during your holiday

Extra nights at Khali Estate

All holidays to the Saryuand Pindar valleys include at least one night at Khali Estate, a marvelous place to relax and unwind. Many guests have added an extra night here at the beginning or end of their stay in the hills. If your journey here has been by night flight followed by overnight train it could be good idea to catch you breath with a quiet day here.

Extra nights in the Village Guest-houses and tented camp

You may wish to prolong your exploration of the wonderful hill villages Saryu and Pindar. There is so much to learn and appreciate about village life and the host communities would love to keep you for a day longer in their village homestays and at the camps.

 

Agra

For many guests, a visit to India would not be complete without a visit to the Taj Mahal, regarded by many as one of the wonders of the world. Whether you wish to make a day trip or enjoy an overnight stay with time to explore more of Agra, we can arrange a visit to suit you.

Jaipur

Jaipur is the capital of Rajasthan, hosting some incredible architecture and seeped in history. Not to be missed are the Jantar Mantar observatory and the renowned Amber Fort. Add a visit here to complete the Golden Triangle of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur.

Contact our bookings team

Our experienced reservations team will be happy to talk you through your options for the Himalayan cricket holiday. Please note, this trip is only available in June.

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